April 24th, 2016
What has eight legs, nine brains, and three hearts? An octopus! I find the octopus absolutely fascinating, they are one of the most intelligent animals in the ocean. Yet, they never get the credit for it. Here is some information on the tentacled fish:
- The octopus is classified as mollusk and has no skeletal strucutre but has a skull.
-They are usually are 60-90cm long, eight limbs, and an oval shaped head. You can find these creatures in the shallow waters of tropical warm areas.
- Their diet consists of worms, fish, crabs, and clams, but how do they eat? They have a toothed tongue (radula) and a beak. They open the shell then drill into it to fill the organism with a poison. Octopodes are very much lonely and are solitairy animals. They make their house in corals and rocks. They toss shells and rocks to hide them. The only time they leave is to hunt or reproduce.
Octopodes have so many incredible ways to protect themselves. They have marking to scare away their enemies and dark colours on the suckers, eyes, and arms. Another tactic is to escape they will release ink and push itself through the water as fast 40km!
1) Their tentacles can sense taste.
2) They have blue blood.
3)They can remove a plug or unscrew a lid.
4)The octopus can regenerate a tentacle.
5) Their cells contract to camouflage to change colour and the texture of their skin!
Yes, the octopus is weird, but you have to admit it is interesting.
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